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Personal Minimums and Trip Report: KPSP

The Student and New Pilot group met at the San Carlos WVFC Club House for a packed meeting. These meetings have been attracting various pilots from the Bay Area that meet to share information. The topic of the meeting included a discussion by Francesca about personal minimums. Our trip report which is becoming a popular feature was presented by Paulis on his trip to Palm Springs airport, KPSP.

Francesca provided several handouts that she discovered to help develop personal minimums. During the discussion a number of members commented on their own use of personal minimums. The group discussed how personal minimums might be different for the different types of flights, e.g. pattern, local flights, or XC. Factors beyond just visibility, ceilings, and wind were discussed including recent flight experience, airport conditions such as length and width, and flight conditions such as day vs. night. The group also discussed how they incorporate other aspects of ADM including the use of IMSAFE. One pilot even shared that before he even gets out of his car at the airport he stops and reflects on each aspect of IMSAFE. One creative member suggested adding an R to IMSAFE to represent “Reflection” creating the acronym IMSAFER. All and all it was a great opportunity for pilots to talk about how they use personal minimums, what they include in their personal minimums and ways they approach building their skills and increasing their personal minimums. The documents that were used have been posted to the group’s web site.

The trip report has been added as a regular feature to our meetings. Trip reports provide other pilots information about a specific airport including flight planning and observations about the destination airport. Details such as where to find transient parking and what to see or do when you get to the airport provide other pilots first hand information for consideration. The Palm Springs trip report included tips about Paulis’s route of flight, approaching and landing at the airport. He shared his experience about the service he got from the FBO at the airport. He also shared a picture from the Palm Springs tram ride. The presentation has been posted to the web site

A key benefit to this group is the opportunity to share information and meet other pilots. We invite any interested pilot to our next meeting which will be on March 4th at 7:00 PM at WVFC San Carlos. The topic for discussion at the next meeting will be:

Electronic Log Books – a review of various electronic log books

Trip Report –Santa Monica, SMO

Everyone is welcome and addition to getting some free food you will have a great chance to meet your fellow pilots in an informal setting. If you have some experience with electronic log books and are willing to share please contact us below about helping with next month’s presentation.

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